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City Trip to Kyoto - How a few days can turn you into a Japan addict

City Trip to Kyoto - How a few days can turn you into a Japan addict

Summary

  • Kyoto is a perfect spot for a city break which will eventually transform you into a Japan addict
  • Sights are countless and thus you either let yourself drift away or you make a little plan before travelling
  • Japan is inexpensive and easy to travel (Hostels are an excellent hotel alternative)
  • People are hospitable and adorable (English in Kyoto is widely spoken)
  • Best travel time spring and autumn (cherry blossom festival,
    fall foliage), also temperatures are pleasant with 20-25 degrees
  • Budget for a week including flight, accommodation, food and sight-seeing : 1000 € per person
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Laissez les bons temps rouler - a few days in the Big EASY, New Orleans

Laissez les bons temps rouler or let the good times roll could be best described as the Leitmotif of Creole lifestyle.  People from the South, especially from the Big Easy, as New Orleans is also called, are simply warm hearted and adorable.

Honey, Darling, Sweetheart are just a few expressions that you hear when they first touch base with you.

 Mississippi Steam Boat

Mississippi Steam Boat

 French Quarter  

French Quarter  

When we generally think of New Orleans we associate it with its French Quarter and its infamous  Bourbon Street or maybe with Hurricane  Katrina which virtually wiped away half of the city back in 2005. Forcing almost a million people to leave the city forever.

 St. Louis Cathedral

St. Louis Cathedral

The French Quarter survived. People slowely came back, the Warehouse district with its fine galleries of the beaten track developed and Marigny     became an important counterbalance to touristy French Quarter.

 French Quarter

French Quarter

But where to start when describing the city or to mention the reasons for a visit to a city which is celebrating its 300th birthday in 2017?  It is worth spending a couple of days. Dicover the marvelous French and Spanish influenced architecture when strolling through the streets.

 Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Memorial

Enjoy a cup of cafe au lait and eat some delicious pastries. Try the famous baignets at Cafe du Monde next to Jackson Square close to the Mississippi shores. 

Food? Come on, you are in the South, it is a heaven for food lovers. Try catfish, red beans or Gumbo.

 French Quarter

French Quarter

Music? Apart from Bourbon Street there is Frenchman Street - less tourisic with excellent bars with even better live bands performing there every day. 

Home of Jazz? Call it fusion. Today it is more an eclectic mix of all different music syles. I personally attended a session of a band covering stuff from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, mixing Reaggae and Jazz - simply gorgeous.

Where to stay? You'll have the choice. All major hotel chains are present and you usually get a decent room for 80 to 150 Dollars.

 Loews New Orleans 

Loews New Orleans 

On the top end I would definately recommend the Loews New Orleans. This is a modern 5 star hotel with wonderful rooms and in walking distance to the French Quarter, River Walk or the WW2 Museum.

 loewshotels.com/new-orleans

 Hotel Monteleone  

Hotel Monteleone  

If you fancy a hotel with a bit more history reflecting the glorious past of the grand old South then pick the Monteleone right on Royal Street. I have been told that they have a ghost and that if you are lucky you might spot him right next to the monstrous grandfather clock in the lobby. 

http://hotelmonteleone.com/ 

 Hotel the Modern

Hotel the Modern

 New Orleans Street Car

New Orleans Street Car

I personally picked the Modern, a boutique hotel close to the art museums (Ogden, Museum for contemporary art and World War II museum). The stop of the street car is just in front of the hotel and 1,25 Dollar take you to the French Quarter in less than 10 minutes. 

Rooms sell for approx 90 Dollars and a continental breakfast is included. 

 http://www.thehotelmodern.com/ 

Another great way to discovering southern hospitality is to choose one of the many independently owned and operated Bed & Breakfasts. The houses and their proud owners all have a story to tell and love their place. This is what you feel when you are entering their places.

 R&B Bed and Breakfast

R&B Bed and Breakfast

 R&B Bed and Breakfast

R&B Bed and Breakfast

 R&B Bed and Breakfast

R&B Bed and Breakfast

I was simply blown away when discovering one of these places in fashionable Frenchmen Street. R&B's perfectly decorated and themed rooms make you feel like king and queen ruling New Orleans for Mardigras. The place is not cheap but worth every single penny. Priced start at around 250 Dollars. http://www.rbbedandbreakfast.com/

For other B&B's I would simply recommend checking current Tripadvisor listings

 Frenchmen Street

Frenchmen Street

My personal New Orleans recommendations: 

 Frenchman Street Art Market

Frenchman Street Art Market

  • A guided free walking tour through the French Quarter  
  • A cafe au lait with local speciality baignets at Cafe du Monde (although very touristy) 
  • Pubcrawling with live music and local arts market at Frenchmen Street
  • Rent a bike
  • Watch Bourbon Street madness from the balkony of America's oldest gay bar cafe Lafitte
  • Buy a 24 h travel pass for three dollars for the historic streetcar network

THREE SIMPLE TIPS TO MAKING A HOTEL STAY IN THE US MORE COMFORTABLE

When travelling to the US simply follow these tips to make your stay more comfortable. 

1. Sign-up for the respective loyalty program.  Not only that you usually have a dedicated check-in but it also comes with a couple of other amenities such as free wifi, late check-out or better rooms.

2. Make sure to read latest hotel reviews. So you can find out if the hotel currently undergos renovation. Ask at reception for an updated room right away. 

3. Be aware of bed bugs. Well hard to believe that such a highly deloped country has such a problem but you'll have them everywhere these little bastards even in the most sophisticated houses. So upon arrival look into your bed and under your bed. 

 

SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT?

Welcome to my first block about travelling, fine dining and well being.

OMG, not another blog about fine dining, travels and well being.
Well I have to confess that I stand in line with all these many many other travel nerds, constantly scanning the Net for bargains, error fares, milage runs and point deals. Not to forget to getting a hard-on by letting the rest of the community know, how many Platinum, Executive and Status levels they  achieved.

Well, a confession is a start and what I want to achieve with my blog is

 

 

 

 


- sharing impressions of travel
- showing the beauty of the planet
- giving valuable advise for good and comfortable travelling
  without spending a fortune
- simply telling interesting stories.